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The carcass of a four-meter-long giant squid was found on the shore of Britannia Bay in South Africa, local media reported.
The discovery was made on June 7 by a woman and her partner, who were walking through the place and saw the sea being shocked as it dragged the animal that was already dead, despite attempts to return it to the waters.
The specialists, also surprised with the finding, as it is a difficult species to find in shallow water, stated that the squid was 4.19 meters long and that it was probably not yet an adult.
“It was sad because I could see that she was dying,” said Richard Davies, one of the people who could see the animal. “It was still pumping ink and I got to touch one of its tentacles that sucked my hand; I had to use some force to get rid of it,” he said, according to the Very Interesting site.
For her part, Adéle Grosse, who was the first to come across the animal while walking on the beach with her husband, expressed: “At first, I just wanted to return it to the ocean (…) But on closer observation, one could see that he was dead. ”
In an interview with the Live Science site, Grosse explained that the night before the discovery, “we had great waves, and I understand that the surf threw this beautiful squid onto the beach in the early hours of the morning. We looked for bite marks or injuries and we really couldn’t find anything. ”
The impression by this discovery was such that videos and photos of the squid lying on the lifeless sand immediately began to circulate on social networks, before being collected by a team of marine biologists from the Iziko Museums, who are studying and deciphering how the animal had reached the coast of this South African beach.
Giant squids live at depths of between 300 and 1,000 meters and are believed to grow up to 20 meters in length, although they normally only live for around five years. Experts believe that this specimen, in particular, was barely two years old and a long way ahead before reaching maturity.